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Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2008 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take a look at these pictures of the new USB 3.0, due to arrive soon. The sockets are deeper, but still backwards compatible and the new standard should transfer around 4.7Gb/s which is faster than a SATA drive. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting to see it reach that speed, but it is likely going to feel a lot faster than current USB 2.0 speeds. The Register also links back to the optical version that we have seen earlier.
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
January 9, 2008 - The most recent Steam Hardware Survey shows more Steam gamers play on NVIDIA GeForce hardware than any other graphics platform. In an effort to further support this popular PC gaming configuration - Steam games plus NVIDIA hardware - Valve and NVIDIA have entered into an agreement to collaborate on development, distribution, events, and more.
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Auzen HDMI 1.3 board looks mighty impressive, offering significantly more options than other cards on the market currently. One of the biggest steps is the inclusion of more than just SPDIF for output, which helps out anyone who owns newer equipment and wants to get off of that antiquated interface. Head to Hardware Canucks for more details on what this card can do for your ears.
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot has linked to an article that covers an MBR rootkit that was found in the wild at the end of '07. Sporting such wonderful features as the ability to be undeleteable, short of repairing your MBR; as well as undetectable through your registry or file system, this could be a bad time to be a hard drive. Unless the MBR moves to a more secure mode this vulnerability cannot be fixed, and who knows what effect having a protected MBR would have on the formatting process.
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
mean nothing to VIA Arena. Just because the company has announced that their chipset business is being rolled up into the processor division doesn't mean there will be a lack of support for enthusiasts that still have classic VIA chipsets. VIA Arena has finished creating their brand new forums, which you can sign into for the first time, or simply change your password if you already have a user there.
Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is the first Friday of 2008, which leads to the first forum post of 2008 as well as the first PC Perspective Podcast for 2008. If you haven't already listened to Josh and Ryan in Podcast #19, then start streaming or you will be missing out on some great info from CES, news from around the web and indepth looks at some of our recent reviews.
Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a look at nVIDIA's upcoming year, which seems to be on hold until mid-year. The whole 9800 series represent a die shrink to 65nm, not a jump in technology, so don't curse your 8800 series too much just yet. If you are looking to go Tri-SLI, then you should have your wish in March.
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica looks back at 2007 and the games that made this a great year. Some of the hits we saw were a little challenged, as some companies had issues while others took their already good reputations to new heights. See what else they loved and hated about the past year, or just go play Rock Band some more, it's up to you.
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I have successfully returned from Montreal, where 2.5 feet of snow is an inconvenience, not an emergency, and the parties don't start until midnight. I hope everyone else has had as good a time as I, except for Ryan and Josh who have been slaving away keeping the front page of PC Perspective updated with the newest in tech news. Thanks guys!
Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:38 PM | Josh Walrath
Some weeks back D-Link sent me their latest DIR-655 Gigabit/802.11n router for testing, and during Christmas I had the chance to actually start working with the wireless functionality. The DIR-655 is a nice router by itself, but the main selling point is the 802.11n (Draft 2.0) performance. This wireless standard offers a max of around 250 Mbit/sec, which is well beyond the standard 100 Mbit/sec wired specification which comprises the standard ethernet connection. More often than not though, the average wireless throughput should be around 70 to 80 Mbit/sec. Still, this
Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:29 AM | Ryan Shrout
Not exactly, but more or less. This is why big stupid governments are well, stupid.
Any person who tries this is going to have a lot of time to recover from
singed pride in a maximum security jail. So, the idea is to stop fires, fair
Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
It would appear that maybe MP3s ARE the reason for lower music sales, just not in the way you think... Are your compressed audio files driving you away from music???
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 03:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
ASUS Xonar Returns Hardware Accelerated Audio to Windows Vista
-- Latest Xonar D2 Drivers Revive EAX Functionality and Eliminate Microphone echo --
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (December 18, 2007) – To satisfy demand for high-fidelity audio while gaming in Windows Vista®, ASUS®, worldwide leader in notebooks, consumer electronics and PC components, today released DirectSound® 3D Game Extensions (DS3D GX) and Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technologies in the latest Vista drivers.
(Available at http://support.asus.com/download/ )
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 01:19 PM | Josh Walrath
One of the primary movers and shakers of advanced process technologies is none other than Intel. The company spends more money then most of the other companies out there combined. Even the mighty IBM does not push as much cash towards advanced process nodes, nor do they have as much fab space as Intel. It used to be that most semiconductor companies that ran fabs would develop their own process, or license one from another manufacturer. But as the nodes have shrunk, the financial burden of pursuing these advanced processes have proven to be too much for most companies.&
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Those of you who have been around for a while will recall our Christmas
giveways of yore, when we handed out some killer prize packages of top-notch
PC components in the spirit of the season. Those past attempts have been
good, but this year's prize haul blows 'em all away. We have well over five
grand worth of PC hardware on ready to spring on unsuspecting TR readers.
Not only that, but we've teamed up with our sponsors to support a very good
cause at the same time.
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Reviewers had a chance to meet with AMD at the 2007 Analyst Day. They did discuss more than just the problems they have had with their recent releases and look to the upcoming year and what we can expect to see. Check out The Tech Reports take on this media event, and find out if they discussed Ruiz's raise.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today will be a busy day for anyone running Windows who likes to test out beta updates or make sure they keep their systems totally up to date. The first update is the one the vast majority of people will want to try, but is also the hardest to get. If you are a Microsoft TechNet Plus subscriber (as in you've given Microsoft money for a subscription) then you can get your hands on Windows XP Service Pack 3. Unfortunately, if you only have a regular TechNet subs